The kids had too many activities this summer. You rented that house in the Hamptons. You had a gazillion out-of-town guests. Whatever the reason, blissful days in Europe were not within reach this time around. It’s not too late though, and insiders know September is the best time to travel in Europe. Here are six places to visit now.
The Destination: Mykonos & Santorini
If you’re up for enjoying an unadulterated, authentic version of Greece, September is the time to go. And what better way to travel in Europe than by watching the sunset from the deck of your ferry? While you’ll miss the bulk of tourists, you’ll still make it in time for beach weather. You’ll also be able to snag the best of accommodations, boutique shopping, and services. Finally, the famed nightlife and food scene of these islands is still in full swing, but you’ll get the less crowded versions.
Where to Stay: The new Nobu in Santorini, Kalesma in Mykonos. Check out our full list here.
The Destination: Paris
If Paris itself isn’t enough to get you on a plane, then Fashion Week should do it. During the last week of September, the City of Lights is transformed into a hub for all things haute couture. This means that somehow Paris becomes even more Paris. And who doesn’t like to admire beautiful people in beautiful clothes against the backdrop of a beautiful city? Bring on the celebrity sightings.
Where to Stay: The new Bulgari hotel and Cheval Blanc. Check out our full list here.
The Destination: Tuscany — Castiglion del Bosco and Florence
You’ll get the best of both worlds with these two destinations. And luckily, they’re only a short train ride from each other. While Florence is full of Renaissance art, some seriously good steak, and a kinetic social scene, Castiglion del Bosco is its countryside counterpart. In other words, luxury hotels in the Tuscan hills and wine tastings that go on all day. You’ll also escape the crowds and intensity of the Mediterranean sun, in favor of vibrant locals and balmy 70-degree days. It’s pretty much a no-brainer.
Where to Stay: The Four Seasons Firenze and Castiglion del Bosco.
The Destination: Saint-Tropez
Travel to Europe is always a bit magical, but the South of France is especially hard to beat. You may luck out and get to a good view of Les Voiles, Saint Tropez’s annual boat show. It’s not just any old show, but one where international yachtsmen congregate to show off on classic wooden sailboats. You’ll also have escaped the worst of the heat, and might still be able to take a dip in the waters of the French Riviera. Did I hear someone say rosé?
Where to Stay: Cheval Blanc and Lily of the Valley.
The Destination: Madrid
The Madrilenos are all back from their summer holidays, and the scene is better than ever. So the party is just getting started when the heat lets up, and the street life is revitalized. If you’re looking to travel to somewhere in Europe where September still equals summer, Madrid is a good bet. Additionally, in mid-September, you’ll get the best of the art scene for free all around the city during the annual Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend.
Where to Stay: Four Seasons Madrid, Rosewood Madrid and the Mandarin Oriental Ritz. Check out our full list here.
Where are the best places to visit during September when planning to travel to Europe?
We believe the top destinations are Mykonos and Santorini, Paris, Tuscany, Saint-Tropez, and Madrid.
How is the weather in Europe during September?
For the places on this list, the worst of the heat has let up and you’ll enjoy historically dry, breezy, and warm weather.
Why is September a good time to travel to Europe?
In September you’ll miss the massive summer tourism waves, and you’ll be better able to luxuriate in the authentic feel of your destination.